CMS Releases Nursing Home COVID-19 Training Data with an Urgent Call to Action

Over the past months, CMS has released many training resources for nursing homes to take advantage of. One of the most important resources is the CMS Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff & Management. Unfortunately, this has not been taken advantage of by most nursing home staff across the country.

As of November 17th 2020, there are 125,506 individuals from 7,313 nursing homes who have completed the training. This represents approximately 12.5% of the approximately one million nursing home staff in the country. CMS is calling on nursing homes to take action, urging them to require their staff to take this free training.

The CMS Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff & Management is available now, with five specific modules designed for frontline clinical staff and 10 designed for nursing home management. The training is available on the CMS Quality, Safety & Education Portal at https://QSEP.cms.gov.

If a nursing home’s staff is unsure which training module best meets their needs, CMS is offering an online self-assessment tool at www.qioprogram.org to help them identify their needs and suggest the appropriate training modules that best reflect those needs. A certificate of completion is offered for each completed training course.

The list of nursing homes at which 50% or more of staff have completed CMS COVID-19 training is here: Nursing Home Facilities Training 50% Achievement List (PDF) 

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